This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Learn about the three experiences that lead Dr. Sternberg to "aha" moments and a greater understanding of why place and well-being are at the new frontier of medicine, environment and design.
Dr. Esther Sternberg advises the U.S. Green Building Council, American Institute of Architects, U.S. General
Services Administration, Institute of Medicine, and U.S. Department of Defense on the impact of the built
environment on human health and wellbeing. Dr. Sternberg is founding director of the UA Institute on
Place and Wellbeing and professor of medicine and research director at the Arizona Center for Integrative
Medicine at The University of Arizona. She received her M.D. at McGill University, Canada and was senior
scientist and section chief at the National Institutes of Health (1986-2012). She has authored over 200
scholarly articles, and two popular books including best-selling Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and
Wellbeing (Harvard University Press); and created and hosted PBS television special, The Science of Healing.
Dr. Sternberg is frequently interviewed in the media on place and wellbeing. She has received numerous
awards, including the Public Health Service's Superior Service Award; FDA Commissioner’s Special
Citation; and Honorary Doctorate, Trinity College, Dublin. The National Library of Medicine has recognized
Sternberg as one of 300 women physicians who changed the Face of Medicine.
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